Friday, December 17, 2010

December is National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month

Impaired driving continues to be the most deadliest crime nation wide. The President has named December as national drunk and drugged driving prevention month to raise awareness about the hazards of driving under the influence.

According to CDC statistics, every day, 36 people in the Nation die, and approximately 700 additional people are injured, in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about three in every ten Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives.

In 2006, 13,470 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for nearly one-third (32%) of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.
In one year, over 1.4 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Alcohol-related crashes in the United States cost about $51 billion a year. (source CDC)

For the Presidential Proclamation-- National Impaired Driving Prevention Month:

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Blind Zones Result in Injuries

The Department of Transportation recommended new guidelines that will assist in eliminating vehicle blind zones that can obscure the existence of pedestrians, particularly children. These proposed guidelines would affect vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less.
On average there are an estimated 292 deaths annually and 18,000 injuries every year due to backing vehicles. The new requirements for light vehicles, could save 292 lives per year.

A rear blind zone is defined as the area immediately behind your back bumper. This is the area that you are unable to see what is there. This becomes hazardous when you back into unseen pedestrians or elderly. As a result, NHTSA is creating regulations that mandate better rear field-of-view for new vehicles.

NHTSA foresees that the vast majority of car companies will comply with the new standards by placing rear-view cameras in each light weight vehicle. Cameras expose anything that is immediately behind a reversing vehicle.

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Arkansas Road Safety

Arkansas recenty received a score of 8 out of a possible 14 points, according to The Emergency Nurses Association's national score card. Arkansas' improvements were credited to a stricter graduated driver's license for adolescents, enacting law that made seat belt use mandatory, and enacting laws that made texting while driving illegal.

The Emergency Nurses Association's score card highlights laws that can be beneficial in preventing deaths and injuries caused from motorvehicle accidents on the highways. According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 37,000 fatalities occur every year on our nation's highways.

Oregon and Washington were the only states to receive a perfect score of 14.

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Injury- Teen Drivers and Pickups

A recent study shows Teens and pickups doubles the increase for injury. The research included data from approximately 7,000 collisions nationwide from 2005 to 2007.

The study revealed teenagers driving pickups are twice as likely to experience severe injuries in a collision as those driving other types of vehicles, including sport utility vehicles.

The reason for this finding:
"For one, the study found – and this will surprise no one – that teen drivers, in general, are more accident-prone and inclined to drive aggressively. Also, auto and insurance experts say, pickups typically increase aggressive driving behaviors.

Put the two factors together, and you've got trouble.

On top of that, pickups generally don't fare as well as other vehicles in crash tests, have a high rollover frequency and are more difficult to control and correct, translating into more severe injuries when accidents do happen." Dallas Morning News, November 21, 2010.

According to the author of the study, parents should think twice before placing their teens in pickups. "The sensation-seeking, risk-seeking, adventure-seeking behaviors enhance when pickups are in the hands of teenagers, which leads to more aggressive driving," he said.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Arkansas Injury

On or about January 1, 2011 instead of driving an injured person to the nearest hospital, they will be taken to the hospital that is best equipped to treat their injuries. The new system will determine where an injured person should be taken based on their injuries. The goal is to reduce injury related deaths.

This new trauma system will network hospitals and other emergency service providers statewide. The focus is to transport the injured person to the facility that is best able to treat their injuries. The 911 system will still be used. A medical technician will then evaluate the severity of the injuries and notify central command of their assesssment to determine where to transport the injured person. If the person requires stabilization first, they will be transported to the nearest facility to stabilize and then transport to another facility if necessary. It is anticipated this will reduce deaths related to injuries by approximately 25%.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

18 Wheeler Fatality Highway Accident

On Friday, September 24th, 2010 an 18 wheeler attempted to pass a vehicle when it hit an oncoming 2010 Ford Edge driven by David Beasley, 37 of Little Rock and then hit an eastbound 2011 Toyota Camry driven by Rebecca Baltz of Little Rock, Arkansas. The semi truck was driven by John Rader of Avery, Texas.
David Beasely died in this 18 wheeler collision, while Rebecca Baltz and her passenger Jonnie Oden of Little Rock were taken to UAMS. The driver of the semi truck, John Rader was not injured.
Location: Near intersection of Arkansas 88 in Saline County, Arkansas.


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Traffic Fatalities Record Low

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation statistics, 2009 traffic fatalities reached its lowest level since 1954. For 2009 total fatalities were approximately 33,963, representing a 9 percent decline from 2008's fatalities of 37,261.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) attributes the reduction in deaths to the success of its "Click It or Ticket," and "Over the Limit. Under arrest" law-enforcement campaigns. Other contributing factors are additional safety features incorporated into automobile designs. NHTSA continues to focus on "distracted driving" campaign in an effort to reduce fatalities as well.

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